There are countless places in this country that are inhospitable to development. But New Jersey can't abandon its coastline any more than Nevada can abandon the desert or New York can abandon low-lying neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Hurricane Sandy hit our area of the Jersey Shore pretty bad, and I am worried about people overlooking the importance of helping local businesses rebuild. We face an economic decline if we don't support our greatest asset: small businesses.
Sandy has certainly bruised our coastline, but it hasn't broken our spirit. We will rebuild. We will come back. With your help, we will feed the displaced, clean up the wreckage, and restore the shore that I love and have always called home.
This is all so sad, devastating and unimaginable, but we can't control the forces of Mother Nature -- and this storm brought my company, AOL and the Jersey community all together because all for one and one for all. We are forever Jersey Strong!
I came to terms with losing our Jersey Shore house within hours of Hurricane Sandy's brutal landfall last week. Our house is just one mile away from that steel roller coaster, now bobbing in the Atlantic.